Almond butter is delicious and very, very good for you. Here is a recipe for some excellent homemade almond butter. This recipe came from a vegan source, so for all of our vegan and vegetarian readers, it should suit your dietary restrictions. Could easily be Paleo-friendly as well. This recipe adds vanilla bean, sea salt and raw honey but almond butterfeel free to add in chocolate chips, cinnamon, vanilla extract, maple syrup, coconut or anything else you can come up with! It’ll all be delicious. See more recipes in our Pioneer Kitchen section.

2 cups unsalted almonds
1 teaspoon honey
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. On large baking sheet spread out almonds and roast in oven for 10-12 minutes until slightly brown. Be very careful not to burn the nuts.
3. Transfer to your food processor and process for 10-15 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary. At this point the almonds should start to clump together. Continue to process until you reach the desired consistency. I always process until my almond butter is liquid like. If desired add salt, vanilla bean seeds, and honey (or whatever you are adding) and process again for another minute.
4. Transfer to tupperware or mason jar and store at room temperature or in fridge. If you store at room temp, simply give the almond butter a stir before you use it.
You can use raw almonds, although it may take a bit longer to make the almond butter. Feel free to alter flavors however you’d like.